Five arrested after Kenya Power crackdown
23 August 2016, 17:03
Nairobi – Five men were caught vandalising power lines on Monday leaving one shot.
According to the Daily Nation they were busted due to Kenya Power upgrading surveillance in order to combat vandalism and electricity theft.
The police caught one who shot while vandalising electricity conductors serving a street-lighting project on the Eastern Bypass however his other accomplices got away.
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Another three men were arrested in Nyeri County and one arrested in Magogoni in Thika West, Kiambu County, over illegal electricity connections.
According to The Star the man arrested in Thika West is known illegal line constructor, John ‘Masam’ Gahura who will arraigned in court on Wednesday.
Three other suspects - Martin Wanjohi, Joseph Wachira and Naftali Muriuki - were arrested at Gikumbo village, Karatina subcounty for allegedly vandalising conductors.
Kenya Power acting Manager for Security Services, Geoffrey Kigen said illegal connections are undermining the quality of power supply.
“Vandalism of electricity distribution equipment and illegal tapping of electrical energy increases power losses, which impacts negatively on revenue generated from sale of electricity,” Kigen said.
Kenya was hit by a nationwide blackout in June which was caused by a fault at a hydro power station, Kenya Power said in a statement.